F**K IT
BE
RIDICULOUSLY
RELAXED

“THE EXERCISES WHERE YOU PHYSICALLY FELT THE QI ENERGY WERE A REVELATION.” 

KINDRED SPIRIT MAGAZINE

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(Everything you need on one page)

SUMMARY OF RETREAT / WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT / ABOUT JOHN / ABOUT THIS RETREAT / ABOUT PRICES & BOOKING / ABOUT STROMBOLI

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F**K IT BE RIDICULOUSLY RELAXED RETREAT
JULY 13 – 20 / €1290-€1790
STROMBOLI

 

In a nutshell:

If you spent a week on the live volcano of Stromboli, with the warm sea, car-free alleys and Sicilian insouciance of its people, you’d relax.

But if you combined it with guidance from John C. Parkin in how to relax deeply no matter what is going on via the mind tranquilising ideas of F**k It and the body and mind melting deliciousness of his Qigong, then you’ll access a relaxation that will last months and (if you work at it in a gentle, persistent way), years.

Having taught relaxation in retreats all over Italy, John now only teaches it here.
Because the combination of elements (literally) gets you not just to ‘relaxed’ but RIDICULOUSLY RELAXED.

stromboli

“Stromboli was a great epiphany for me: I’m so much more relaxed about my life and I see a huge improvement in my physical and psychological health.” R.M., LONDON

Why you’ll love this retreat – 

EXPERT INSTRUCTION

John is an expert in relaxation.
You’ll learn how to feel totally, deliciously, ridiculously relaxed.
And you’ll be able to take this back into your life, into every situation.

SUPER-RELAXING HOLIDAY

You’re going to be living on a live volcano for a week.
And swimming in the warm sea, wandering the blossom-heavy alleys, eating the Sicilian food, oh wow.

GOOD COMPANY

People don’t expect this,
but you’ll feel safe and supported amongst new friends, 
who are likely to one day be old friends.

ABOUT JOHN

John C. Parkin is the author of the bestselling F**k It books, and an expert in relaxation.

He originally came to study the art of relaxation more deeply (more than 30 years ago) because of health problems that were exacerbated by stress.
He trained in meditation, hypnotherapy and the Chinese practices of Tai Chi and Qigong (amongst many other things).
Of these, he has been practising Qigong every day for 28 years.  It is the foundation of his practice and his philosophy.  And is the most ‘F**k It’ discipline he has found.

John teaches that there is nothing in your life that won’t be affected by deepening your levels of relaxation:
that being more relaxed changes everything, from your health, your happiness, your relationships to the very events of your life.

  • John’s ability to guide you into a state of delicious and ridiculous relaxation 96% 96%

“John? A laughing Buddha.” T.H., DUBLIN

ABOUT THIS F**K IT BE RIDICULOUSLY RELAXED RETREAT


Relaxed? No, ridiculously relaxed

For many of us, stress and worry have become second nature.
And it seems that, even when the source of our stress and worry, subsides,
something else rises up to take its place.

And, for most of us, everything is now always-on, including ourselves.

Apart from stress and worry feeling awful, and making our everyday existence more difficult,
they have their effects on our health and our lives.

We all know that.

But how to get out of the pit of stress?

Well, it takes more than a yoga class, an ayurvedic massage or a mediation app.
We need to get to the source of our stress and worry, and apply some serious ‘F**k It thinking.

And we need to incorporate practices and habits that switch us to relaxed and keep us relaxed.

And we need to make a BIG LEAP into relaxation rather nudging ourselves there.

“The Qigong, John’s help,the humour, have settled me. And it was very very healing.” T.H., BATH

Thus – we need to say ‘F**k It’ and learn how to ‘Be Ridiculously Relaxed’.

It is little use occasionally scratching at our stressed and worried state.

It requires an immersion in both the experience of deep relaxation.
And training in the practice of relaxation that you can take away and apply every day, so that you stay deeply relaxed.

This retreat is that immersion:
Simply being on the astonishing volcanic island of Stromboli will help relax you.
Then John will guide you into deep relaxation.
And train you how to access that easily and rapidly so you can stay ridiculously relaxed when you return home.

So as well as swimming in the warm sea, eating the Sicilian food with new friends, and generally hanging around in the sunshine, you’ll discover –

  • Your own particular, bespoke way of relaxing, big-time, quickly
  • How to use ‘F**k It’ to take the weight out of what you stress and worry about
  • How to incorporate Qigong (the gentle Chinese energy art) into your everyday life to spread the relaxation
  • How to sit still (aka meditation) for just 5-10 minutes a day in a way that you adore and look forward to
  • How to create a ‘Switch to Relax’ ability whatever is going on

This is life-changing, life-enhancing, health-changing, character-morphing, perspective-introducing, pleasure-inducing, radical work.
Really.
Learning how to say ‘F**k It’ and be ridiculously relaxed can turn your world upside down, in a very good way.

“Qigong is just what I needed  in my life. And this is addictive when you get into it.
I just love the sequences you’ve created.”

T.F., MANCHESTER

ABOUT PRICES AND BOOKING

The prices for this retreat are all-inclusive.  So for this retreat that means half-board accommodation at the Villaggio Stromboli (usually breakfast and dinner, with breakfast and lunch on two days), and the full F**k It Be Ridiculously Relaxed course. The prices are in the panel below this.
Your 1st instalment is €590.

The retreat prices for ‘F**k It Family’ are for those who’ve been on a F**k It retreat or event before.

To book, it’s easy:
1. Just check availability of your desired room option using the button below.
2.  We’ll let you know by email if there’s space. If there is, we’ll then give you a link to the booking page.  You can then fill in our booking form and pay the 1st instalment of €590 online within 5 minutes (yes, we’ve timed it!).
3. You can sit back and look forward to your retreat.

Payment Timings in detail:

Generally you pay in three instalments (depending on when you book).
The 1st instalment of €590 secures your booking.
The 2nd instalment is due 2 months later or 2 months before the retreat, whichever is earlier.
The 3rd instalment, payable to the venue, is due 6 weeks before the retreat.

We will take you through the precise figures of the 2nd and 3rd instalments when we reply to your availability enquiry.

WHEN IT FEELS RIGHT,
SAY THE MAGIC WORDS (F**K IT)
AND SEE IF WE STILL HAVE SPACE -

YOUR VENUE: VILLAGGIO STROMBOLI –

STROMBOLI YUM SHOW

YES, YOU’LL BE LIVING ON A LIVE VOLCANO

ABOUT STROMBOLI

Stromboli is awesome, a one-off.  We’ve been going there for a month every summer for 7 years. And we’re still in love, and in fact, even more awed every time we go. I (John) was concerned that I’d never managed to successfully capture the Stromboli experience in words for you so when we got on the departing hydrofoil this year, having said goodbye to our Stromboli friends for another year, I started typing.  I just looked at that piece and it’s 2500 words long.
 STROMBOLI LONG CAPTURE

So, to be brief(er):  Stromboli is a volcanic island.
 
No, Stromboli is a live volcano rising out of the sea, that’s the truth. And you live on the edge of that volcano for a week.
It’s the only volcano in Europe that erupts constantly (and safely). It depends on the year, and how active it is, but you will often hear what at first you think is a crack of thunder roughly every half-hour. That’s the volcano erupting. You can climb the volcano to see it erupting from close quarters (it’s an astonishing experience) or watch it from a boat or even a remote pizzeria.
 
But forgetting the volcano (which is kind of hard to do when you’re living on it), Stromboli is still a magical place.
There are no roads or streetlights – just enchanted lanes overhung with bright and perfumed blossom from the dreamy white-washed houses. Just walking around these unlit lanes at night under the star-packed sky is a dream (I’m dreaming of it now).
There are numerous coves to explore, accessed by difficult-to-miss paths, where you can sunbathe and swim in the warm sea.

YUM BEACHES

COVE AFTER COVE, LAPPED THE WARM TRANSLUCENT WATER

The hotel we stay in (Villaggio Stromboli) has the best position on the island – right on the beach.
You can hear the sea from wherever you are in the hotel.  It is a simple family-run hotel with a direct link to the dramatic history of the island (which was dramatised in the famous Rossellini / Ingrid Bergman film ‘Stromboli’).
You can have a room with a sea-view.  And even if you don’t, you’ll be close to the sea. We have either lunch or dinner together at the hotel, depending on the schedule that day ( such as if we have something planned like a boat trip around the island, where we swim in the pure blue sea).
And we do the sessions on the delightful roof-terrace: covered from the July sun, but with views both up to the volcano and out to sea.
 
Stromboli is the perfect place for the work we do on F**k It Retreats.  It supports and reinforces the life-transforming work. Well, Stromboli is the perfect place, full-stop.
 

 
Travelling to Stromboli (in brief):
When you’re on Stromboli, it feels like you’re on the edge of the world.  And, even though you’re in Europe, within reach of airports that are served by the budget airlines, getting there feels like quite an adventure.
We will give you (very) detailed instructions once you book (in your ‘holiday pack’), but, briefly…

We will also invite you to a private Facebook group so that you can talk to other guests who are coming on the same week, and thus meet and share taxis, and sit with each other on the hydrofoil, etc., if you fancy.
For years, we’ve kept our advice on how to get there simple: fly to Naples (Napoli); get a taxi across town to the port; get the once-a-day hydrofoil to Stromboli (which takes 5 hours); then get the hotel to meet you at the Stromboli port with one of their golf-carts (there are no cars on the island).
But recently we’ve been giving other options too. By choosing to fly to Sicily, for example (such as to ‘Catania’), and then take a shuttle bus (they go regularly, take around 2 hours and cost around €50) across to the port of Milazzo, you can reduce both the time and cost of your hydrofoil (or ferry) trip.  The hydrofoils go around 5 times a day, take between 1 and 3 hours, depending on the one you choose and cost around €50/60. That’s the option we now take (from here in Italy, we fly from Ancona to Catania).

Also bear in mind that this is a FABULOUS part of the world, so do put aside time at the beginning or end of your retreat for some island hopping (the Aeolians are a UNESCO heritage area) or city visiting (Palermo or Napoli for example).

YUM HOTEL

THE HOTEL IS ON THE BEACH – AND THIS IS THE VIEW

The Scores on the Doors –

  • Awesomeness of living on a live volcano for a week 98% 98%
  • Roads and streetlights 2% 2%
  • Chance of falling in love with an island 94% 94%

 

The Rooms –

in SINGLE ROOM with SEA-VIEW

The rooms of the Villaggio Stromboli are simple, like the hotel itself, but it’s the position that moves you and inspires you – being so close to the sea, and sleeping under (and on) an actual volcano.  The prices are all-inclusive, half-board, so: John’s teaching, the room and breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on the day) of family-cooked Sicilian food.

in SINGLE ROOM

The rooms of the Villaggio Stromboli are simple, like the hotel itself, but it’s the position that moves you and inspires you – being so close to the sea, and sleeping under (and on) an actual volcano.  The prices are all-inclusive, half-board, so: John’s teaching, the room and breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on the day) of family-cooked Sicilian food.

with TWIN or DOUBLE SPACE with SEA-VIEW

Many of our guests come to a retreat on their own, then share with another guest (of the same sex) in a ‘twin’ room. Those booking ‘double’ rooms come to a retreat with another person, and tend to know them rather well.The rooms of the Villaggio Stromboli are simple, like the hotel itself, but it’s the position that moves you and inspires you – being so close to the sea, and sleeping under (and on) an actual volcano.  The prices are all-inclusive, half-board, so: John’s teaching, the room and breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on the day) of family-cooked Sicilian food.

with TWIN or DOUBLE SPACE

Many of our guests come to a retreat on their own, then share with another guest (of the same sex) in a ‘twin’ room. Those booking ‘double’ rooms come to a retreat with another person, and tend to know them rather well.The rooms of the Villaggio Stromboli are simple, like the hotel itself, but it’s the position that moves you and inspires you – being so close to the sea, and sleeping under (and on) an actual volcano.  The prices are all-inclusive, half-board, so: John’s teaching, the room and breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on the day) of family-cooked Sicilian food.

with TRIPLE SPACE

Many of our guests come to a retreat on their own, then share with others. In this triple room, you share with two others (of the same sex). You’re certain to make a bunch of new friends on a F**k It Retreat, and your ‘roomies’ in such a room tend to be even more special. The rooms of the Villaggio Stromboli are simple, like the hotel itself, but it’s the position that moves you and inspires you – being so close to the sea, and sleeping under (and on) an actual volcano.  The prices are all-inclusive, half-board, so: John’s teaching, the room and breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on the day) of family-cooked Sicilian food.

WHEN IT FEELS RIGHT,
SAY THE MAGIC WORDS (F**K IT)
AND SEE IF WE STILL HAVE SPACE -

“John, long story short, you have changed my life, so thank you and… I’ll be back” D.T., NEW YORK